Unmanned aircraft group to meet in Fairbanks

Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK
<i>Photo by Matthew Smith</i><br>An unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight.
Photo by Matthew Smith
An unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight.

Building the unmanned aircraft systems industry in Alaska and the North will be the theme of the Alaska UAS Interest Group’s annual meeting in Fairbanks Sept. 13-15 at the Wedgewood Resort.

The meeting will bring industry people together to learn about the latest ways to use unmanned aircraft for research, exploration, infrastructure inspection, commercial development and resource management.

Highlights include a panel with drone racers, another with local and state law enforcement officers, and a presentation from the Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex’s range managers. Other sessions will discuss counter-drone research, expansion of Arctic tourism, and the latest research on wildlife management and geomapping.

Marcus Johnson, research aerospace engineer in the Aviation Systems Division of NASA Ames Research Center, will speak about UAS traffic management research, which is developing concepts and technologies for enabling small UAS operating at low altitudes in the U.S. national airspace.

Receptions and dinner events will give attendees plenty of time to network with industry professionals.

For more information or to register, go to http://www.uasalaska.org.

CONTACT: Sue Mitchell, 907-474-5823, sue.mitchell@alaska.edu